Updated at 8:41 p.m. with details from local leaders. For the latest vaccine news in D-FW on Monday, click here.
State health officials say 23 Texas sites are expected to receive Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine on Monday and Tuesday.
Four locations will get doses on Monday, and the other 19 will on Tuesday.
Pfizer is shipping its vaccine directly to the providers via FedEx and UPS, state officials said.
Here are the facilities that will receive doses on Monday, according to the state:
- Wellness 360 (UTHealth San Antonio), San Antonio
- Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Dallas
- UTHealth Austin Dell Medical School, Austin
- MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
The facilities that will on Tuesday:
- Texas Tech University Health Science Center Amarillo
- Christus Spohn Health System Shoreline, Corpus Christi
- Parkland Hospital, Dallas
- UT Southwestern, Dallas
- Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, Edinburg
- UT Health RGV Edinburg
- University Medical Center El Paso
- Texas Health Resources Medical Support, Fort Worth
- University of Texas Medical Branch Hospital, Galveston
- Texas Children's Hospital Main, Houston
- LBJ Hospital, Houston
- CHI St. Luke's Health, Houston
- Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, Houston
- Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston
- Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston
- Convenant Medical Center, Lubbock
- Shannon Pharmacy, San Angelo
- Baylor Scott and White Medical Center, Temple
- UT Health Science Center Tyler
Texas will receive more than 220,000 doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in the first week of distribution, state health officials say.
Those doses will be shipping to 109 hospitals across 34 counties, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Gen. Gustav Perna said Saturday that he expected the first shipment of the vaccine to arrive in states on Monday.
Nine medical centers in Dallas County, seven in Tarrant County and two in Collin County will receive some of Texas' initial allotment of 224,250 doses, according to the state.
Dr. Mark Casanova, President of the Dallas County Medical Society, describes the Pfizer vaccine as a "rock solid vaccine". He said, "We fully anticipate that my colleagues will be rolling up their sleeves and getting needles in their arm as early as mid-week."
The vaccine plan from DSHS prioritizes hospital staff who work with patients, home health care workers, and staff and residents at long-term care facilities as the focus for early vaccination.
On Saturday afternoon, Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted that Texas is expected to receive more doses in December than the number of residents who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus during the pandemic.
Earlier this month, Abbott said the Centers for Disease Control has slated Texas to receive more than 1.4 million doses of vaccine by the end of the year.
As of Saturday, state health officials had reported more than 1.3 million positive COVID-19 tests, a number that has been rapidly rising in recent weeks due to rampant community spread of the disease.
Dr. Casanova said it's still important for people to continue wearing masks, washing their hands and watching their distance until 70 to 80 percent of people receive the vaccine for herd immunity. "We still have a long road ahead of us, but at least there is light at the end of the tunnel," he said.
The Pfizer vaccine was approved by the FDA and CDC on Friday and Saturday, respectively, making the U.S. the fourth country to begin administering the shot.
Another vaccine by Moderna will be reviewed by an FDA advisory panel this week and could be allowed for public use soon afterward.